“Dear Polar Bear...” by Barry Ablett is one of my favorite books. It is great for learning about different types of bears from around the world, their habitat and their environment. Polar Bear writes letters to his friends in other parts of the globe, and Postman Penguin delivers them. I love it because I also like to write letters to my friends!

The book starts with a big colorful map. It shows where the bears live and the mode of transportation used by Postman Penguin to deliver mail. There is a short description of each bear, its favorite food and fun facts.

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I sat down with Tanner Morris to talk about his theater experience and the recent production he directed, “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” at East Valley Children’s Theatre. He gave me a fun sneak peek into  “The Frog Prince” coming Feb. 16–26.

“I’m stepping away from directing and going back to stage managing the next show. (It’s) the winner of EVCT’s playwriting contest. It’s a musical, and there’s  basketball in it!” says Morris.

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To many people, Martin Luther King Jr. was a brave leader. King helped lead the Civil Rights movement. Today, many Americans honor him on the National Day named after him, this year on Jan. 16. Martin Luther King Day was first celebrated in 1986.

In the book “Martin Luther King Day” by Ciara Cella, the author recalls that King worked for change, to fix all that was unfair through passive resistance. Some disagreed with King.

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I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a hot cocoa stand, and this fall I was finally able to run one down at my neighborhood park! It was really fun setting everything up. I got to meet new people, make hot chocolate with different toppings, and serve homemade apple pie.

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A new educational movie just came out! It is called “Good Night Oppy.” I had the privilege to watch this movie before it came out on Nov. 4 in theaters and Amazon Prime! “Good Night Oppy” is one of the most exciting educational films I have ever seen. The documentary does a great job of explaining and showing the process of building, launching, and controlling the rovers, as well as showing us the whole journey of Oppy.

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Did you know that the USDA Forest Service has been supplying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree since 1970? The tree for this year was selected from North Carolina’s Pishga National Forest.

The biologist who examined the tree named it Ruby. Ruby has red bark, which helps the leaves stand out. Before being placed on the Capitol’s lawn, Ruby Red had to pass a series of tests.

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As the traveler walked through the dark hallway, he took his tinderbox out and lit his torch. The walls were wet and covered with cobwebs. He spots a small man with a large, white, smooth beard. He readied his spell of teleportation to get away should he need to. This is the world of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). In it you will have great adventure!

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